Résonance du zapatisme chez des groupes militants au Québec

Authors: Goulet Poulin, JeanSol
Advisor: Hébert, Martin
Abstract: This study analyzes how the circulation of zapatism in some activist and academic networks in Québec have had an impact on the transformations of left-wing activists' political imaginaries and practices since 1994. If the EZLN and zapatism were a key reference of the québécois altermondialist movement in the 1990s, its present-day presence in the province is diffuse. Québec's political lefts went from a period of convergence, at the time when organizing counter summits and marching against international economic summits was the main focus, to a wide array of political projects exploring alternatives to the neoliberal system. Rooted in a postmarxist posture, this research is built around Alex Khasnabish's concept of resonance, which he proposed in his ethnography of the diffusion of Zapatism and its effects in anglophone activists circles in North America (Khasnabish, 2008). Similarly, this study analyzes the movement of people, zapatista's political imaginaries and practices in transnational networks. The idea of resonance enables the observation of transformationsresulting of the intertwinement between Zapatism and québecois.es's activist political imaginaries. Through this lens, the analysis of the transformations of said political imaginaries through time is also possible. The usefulness of this analytical tool is twofold. First, it unveils links between activist groups and academics that, on an ideological level, seemed unalike or even antagonistic. Second, it enables us to go further than an analysis that considers a social movement's history as a series of fits and starts, and rather highlights the continuities between activist groups and events (Badiou, 1988). Lastly, to analyze the presence of Zapatism in the political imaginaries' landscape of activists in Québec is to engage with the history of bottom-up globalization, particularly with social mobilizations against the neoliberal system and for the creation of a diversity of alternatives to it.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2022
Open Access Date: 25 April 2022
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/73224
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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